Chelsea’s John Mikel Obi admits Europa League apathy

first_imgChelsea’s John Mikel Obi says he is desperate to qualify for the Champions League this season because he struggles to get motivated for the Europa League.The Blues have reached the last eight of the Europa League after exiting the Champions League earlier this season.“What do they say [about the Europa League]? Thursday nights, Channel 5?” said 25-year-old Mikel.“Hopefully, next season we are not going to be in it and we are going to be prime time.”Chelsea are currently third in the Premier League as they bid to secure a top four spot and Champions League qualification for next season.But manager Rafael Benitez’s side can also win two trophies this term – they are leading Russian side Rubin Kazan 3-1 after the first leg of their Europa League quarter-final, and they will face Manchester City in the semi-final of the FA Cup at Wembley on Sunday.“Champions League football is what this club has always been involved in and that is what we as players want to achieve,” said Mikel.“We want to be in the top four, top three, whatever. We want to be in the Champions League next season. “No disrespect to the Europa League … but when you get that buzz, and you hear the Champions League song, it’s different.“And we have been used to it, to those nights, those special nights, and we want to get them back, we want to be involved again in the Champions League next season.“I don’t even know the Europa League song. I have been here seven years and I have never played football on Thursday nights.”The Nigerian international added: “It has been kind of frustrating to watch [Champions League matches] – and we have to then play on Thursday night.”last_img read more

USAID’s MCSP/HRH Project Holds Learning Event Tomorrow

first_imgMidwifery students at Curran Hospital delivery Ward, being invited to attend tomorrow’s ceremony.An official Learning and Dissemination Event of the Human Resources for Health (HRH) Project, supported by United States Agency for International Development (USAID), will be held tomorrow, Thursday, September 13, at a resort in Monrovia, a release has said.According to the release, USAID, through its implementing partner, Maternal and Child Survival Program (MCSP/HRH Project), will conduct the arrangement in collaboration with authorities of the Ministry of Health (MoH), Pre-Service Institutions and Health Partners.The day-long celebration will be held under the theme, “Celebrating and Promoting Sustainable Pre-Service Education for Quality Human Resources for a Healthy Liberia: MCSP/HRH Empowering Midwives and Medical Laboratory Technicians.”Direct beneficiaries of the MCSP/HRH Project are Registered Midwifery (RM) and/or Medical Laboratory Technicians (MLT) Programs; Monrovia-based Tubman National Institute of Medical Arts (TNIMA), Winifred J. Harley College of Health Sciences; United Methodist University (UMU) and the Mother Pattern College of Health Sciences; Esther Bacon School of Nursing and Midwifery, in Zorzor, Lofa County, Phebe Paramedical Training Program  in Phebe, Bong County, and the Deanna K. Isaacson School of Midwifery, formerly the Midwifery Training Program for the Southeastern Region, located in Zwedru, Grand Gedeh County.Medical Laboratory students at Phebe will also attend the event.At tomorrow’s event, Minister of Health Dr. Wilhelmina Jallah and United States Ambassador to Liberia Christine Elder, Chairman of the Senate Standing Committee on Health Dr. Peter Coleman, as well as the MCSP and other health workforce partners are expected to participate.The event will, accordingly, feature cultural performances, sharing of experiences by beneficiaries and partners, while MCSP/HRH will also hold an exhibition to showcase selected high impact interventions focusing on MLTs, RMs, Gender, Monitoring Evaluation Research and Learning, Leadership, Management and Development Program and Faculty Development Program.Prior to Thursday’s event, according to the release, MCSP/HRH Project  contributed significantly to USAID/Liberia’s strategy toward strengthening and expanding the country’s skilled health workforce and preventing child and maternal mortality through improving health workforce readiness, reinforcing entry-level RMs and MLTs’ Pre-Service Education.The MCSP is the result of a global USAID cooperative agreement to introduce and support high-impact health interventions in 24 priority countries, with the ultimate goal of ending preventable child and maternal deaths.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Groves v Johnson in pictures

first_imgA selection of images from George Groves’ points victory over former world champion Glen Johnson at the ExCel Arena. (Click on an image to begin slideshow)              See also:O’Meara suffers defeat in title clash Dominant Groves easily sees off JohnsonGeorge Groves v Glen Johnson post-fight press conferenceHaye hails Groves after ‘amazing display’ against JohnsonGroves tipped to win world title in 2013Groves set to fight for European title 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 Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

2019 World Food Prize Laureate

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest By Jerry HagstromDTN Political CorrespondentWASHINGTON (DTN) — World Food Prize Foundation President Kenneth Quinn announced Monday, in a ceremony at the State Department, that Simon Groot, a Dutch vegetable breeder who developed seeds that have benefited farmers and consumers in Southeast Asia, has been chosen as the 2019 World Food Prize laureate.Groot will accept the $250,000 prize on Oct. 17 at the Capitol in Des Moines, Iowa, where the World Food Prize is headquartered during the weeklong Borlaug Dialogue — named for Norman Borlaug, the developer of the wheat that led to the Green Revolution and the founder of the prize.Quinn introduced the event’s host, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, a former Republican Kansas House member, as “the man who has returned the swagger to the State Department.”In short remarks, Pompeo said it is hard to predict world events and therefore the world must rely on innovation to solve problems. He noted that “the majority” of the world’s hungry at the present are in conflict zones, and highlighted Venezuela as one of the countries experiencing hunger due to internal discord. But he also said that innovations such as those developed by Groot are the keys to finding a “cure” for a world hunger.Quinn told the agriculture leaders who attended the event in the Benjamin Franklin reception room atop the State Department that Groot left the Netherlands in 1982 at age 47 to move to the Philippines. There he and a business partner, Benito Domingo, formed East-West Seed to develop vegetable varieties with enhanced disease resistance and significantly higher yields. At that time, commercial vegetable seed breeding was all but unknown in the tropics.“As the use of his seeds spread throughout the Philippines and to Thailand, Indonesia and across Southeast Asia, farmers’ daily lives were uplifted and consumers benefited from greater access to nutritious vegetables,” Quinn said. “Mr. Groot in effect developed a stunningly impactful global network of seed producers who are transforming the lives of 20 million farmers every year.”Today East-West Seed serves more than 20 million smallholder farmers in more than 60 tropical countries, the World Food Prize Foundation said in a news release.“Working closely with local and international NGOs, Mr. Groot created East-West Seed’s innovative Knowledge Transfer program — a unique feature for a seed company — which trains tens of thousands of farmers each year in good agricultural practices for vegetable production,” the foundation added.“Mr. Groot has led the transition of millions of subsistence farmers, many of them women, to horticulture entrepreneurs, thereby greatly enhancing their livelihoods and income,” the foundation said.“These farmers have invigorated both rural and urban markets for vegetable crops in their communities, making nutritious vegetables more widely available and affordable for millions of families each year.”In a news release, Henne Schuwer, ambassador of the Kingdom of the Netherlands to the United States, noted that his country “is the second-largest exporter of agricultural products in the world, behind only the United States. I hope this award will serve as an encouragement to further strengthen the relationship between our two countries in the field of agriculture.”“Mr. Groot has truly shown the world what can be achieved when agricultural industry places the needs of smallholder farmers at the heart of their business,” Schuwer said.“The awarding of the World Food Prize to a vegetable seedsman is reason for excitement and gratitude,” Groot said in the release.“But the ultimate recognition is for the millions of smallholder farmers that stepped up farming from a way of living to building a business. Small-scale vegetable farming is a great way to grow rural income and employment and improve nutrition at the same time.“Partnering modern science with a long tradition of Dutch seedsmanship has contributed mightily to the growth of the vegetable farming industry of tropical Asia in the last 35 years. Now it is the turn for tropical Africa where again quality vegetable seeds combined with major farmer knowledge transfer programs can create sustainable income for the next generation of African farmers.”Earlier, the Access to Seeds Foundation, a Dutch group, awarded Groot and East-West Seed its top prize for making its products available to smallholder farmers.World Food Prize Symposium: https://www.worldfoodprize.org/…Access to Seeds Index: https://www.accesstoseeds.org/…Jerry Hagstrom can be reached at jhagstrom@njdc.comFollow him on Twitter @hagstromreport(CC/ES/SK)© Copyright 2019 DTN/The Progressive Farmer. All rights reserved.last_img read more

The Stanford Visualization Group Debuts Visual Tool for Cleaning Up Data

first_imgData wranglers can use the tool with the group’s data visualization tool Protovis, or with tools such as Excel, R and Tableau.The group has released a paper explaining how the tool works. Joseph M. Hellerstein explains the origins of the project in a blog post:Another thing I often hear is that a large fraction of the time spent by analysts — some say the majority of time — involves data preparation and cleaning: transforming formats, rearranging nesting structures, removing outliers, and so on. (If you think this is easy, you’ve never had a stack of ad hoc Excel spreadsheets to load into a stat package or database!)Putting these together, something is very wrong: high-powered people are wasting most of their time doing low-function work. And the challenge of improving this state of affairs has fallen in the cracks between the analysts and computer scientists.It will compete with Google Refine, which we covered here. klint finley Tags:#hack#Tools Related Posts Today at the Strata conference The Stanford Visualization Group debuted a Web-based visual tool for cleaning up messy data called DataWrangler. According to its website, “Wrangler allows interactive transformation of messy, real-world data into the data tables analysis tools expect.” Data can be exported as a CSV or TSV or as JSON data. Why You Love Online Quizzes How to Write a Welcome Email to New Employees? 7 Types of Video that will Make a Massive Impac… Growing Phone Scams: 5 Tips To Avoidlast_img read more

4 Tips From Google To Make Your Website More Compelling

first_imgRelated Posts Yahoo learned this lesson the hard way. Consider this screenshot of the 1999 Yahoo homepage design, which is obviously dated, messy and vastly different from today’s Yahoo—which, by the way, still struggles for user attention long after abandoning the site’s original “catalog” design. The ideal way to feature your website’s offerings should be entirely dependent on the audience and how it seeks information, and Yahoo’s portal design only worked so long as there was no better alternative.Soon enough, there was. No one better understands how to serve up online information than Google. Its dependable homepage design has remained largely the same for roughly 14 years. While the algorithms that power Google’s search function are constantly tested and tweaked, the only significant design change in the past ten years is a larger sized search box, which each day answers more than a billion questions in 181 countries and 146 languages.The Google experience is intuitive, highly personalized and user driven—no two searches are alike. Search results are a combination of the user’s logged search history and Google’s own automated daily crawl of 20 billion websites in search of data that can be turned into results. Thanks to Google’s immense “Knowledge Graph,” only 15 percent of searches are new to Google and haven’t been seen before.What You Can Learn From GoogleGoogle retains its prominence among competitors because it knows and responds to user experience. It’s a great model for nonprofit, association, and government websites that face enormous challenges keeping their target audiences informed and engaged. Here are four guiding principles to help guide your website content organization strategy:WWUD. Make “What Will Users Do” your organization’s watchwords when posting new material. Sure, you think it’s important, but will your target audience? How are they finding it? Where do they go after reading it? Think about your audiences’ interests, but also their level of experience. Is there a way to present things differently for first time visitors and experienced veterans?Question taxonomy. Website architecture persists from inertia and lack of awareness about how (and whether) users are finding and getting the information they need. Smart organizations challenge assumptions and “the way it’s always been” and are perpetually curious about their target audiences. Like Google and Amazon, the websites that know their users and tailor their presentations accordingly are able to draw users from page to page to learn and do more. They attract more visitors, impart more information, clinch more memberships, and drive more action and purchases. Not coincidentally, these websites tend to be cleaner and offer users more relevant material suited to their needs and experience levels.Answer questions. Like Google, websites should be organized and tailored to answer user questions. Users come to the Web to learn and get answers—often to questions they didn’t even know to ask. The notion that websites should be serving up modules of learning tailored to users is alien to most organizations. That kind of unwillingness to adapt to the audience is why Yahoo, Infoseek, Altavista and other search engines failed while Google lives on.Test and refine. Knowing how to answer user questions requires knowing your users and how they navigate your website. Website analytics tools can help you dig in to learn about where visitors are going, how long they’re staying and when they leave. Experiment with placement and wording of information. As we build each website, every step along the way is an opportunity to get feedback from the client’s target audience to shape the most effective architecture and navigation tools. Incremental and continuous testing keeps us honest and stops us from making both big and little mistakes that result from faulty assumptions.If your website more closely resembles the rows and sections of a library than a user-friendly online learning expo, consider a new approach using these four principles to guide your strategy. You will be rewarded with an increase in quality Web traffic and a productive relationship with your target audience. In the high stakes world organizations, governments and companies live in, that’s well worth the effort. 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market Guest author Mark Tobias is president of the online consulting firm Pantheon.Most organizations are constantly adding material on their website—new sections, new toolbars, updated information and more. But how do you make sure that all the time and energy that goes into producing useful information doesn’t go to waste because it’s not arranged in ways that sync up with your visitors’ needs?Many organizations in this situation end up with confusing, cluttered websites that turn away frustrated visitors instead of drawing them in. This is particularly true when they select web designs based on aesthetics instead of focusing on how well they meet the needs of the target audience.The Ghost Of Melvil Dewey Haunts The WebUnfortunately, far too many websites feature an information architecture and content strategy more akin to the Dewey Decimal System then to today’s users needs. Dewey’s classification of books into searchable sections of the library was an excellent service for researchers and library lovers, but it’s a poor match for the online organization of information.The categorical approach inspired by the Dewey Decimal System forces website visitors to spend more time and effort trying to figure out how what they want to learn fits into pre-assigned categories. Let’s face it—patience isn’t much of a virtue online. Web users want what they want, when they want it. There is no tolerance for designs that force them to forage from section to section. If users can’t get their questions answered quickly, they leave. Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hostingcenter_img mark tobias Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Tags:#Google#Information#organization last_img read more

Munzon now 89th in the world in 3×3

first_imgCatholic schools seek legislated pay hike, too And it has earned him a distinction: Munzon, 24, now belongs to the top 100 of Fiba 3×3’s world rankings.“I think it’s a testimony of what [love of the game] could do for you. If you love the game, it will love you back,” he told the Inquirer in a recent interview at a hotel in Ortigas.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesSPORTSSingapore latest to raise issue on SEA Games food, logisticsMunzon, is the country’s No. 1 3×3 player and, more importantly, 89th in the world—a remarkable feat he has put together in the span of just six months.But the 6-foot-3 playmaker says his individual 3×3 ranking says more about his team than himself. Duterte wants probe of SEA Games mess DA eyes importing ‘galunggong’ anew Munzon’s crew will be joined by Balanga Chooks-to-Go, which will be led by Philippines 2nd-ranked 3×3 cager in Alvin Pasaol. Comprising the team are Karl Dehesa, newcomer Chris de Chavez and another returning reinforcement in Travis Franklin.Pasig and Balanga are at the forefront of boosting the Philippines’ bid in making it to the qualifying tournament of the specialized format, which was recently made an Olympic sport.“I’ve been with my team all year but you know, my ranking has a lot to do with my team. We’ve been together, we’ve won together and lost together but at the same time, I won’t be where I am without my teammates,” said Munzon, whose squad will shoot for redemption when they try to erase the bitter taste of going winless in the Kunshan Challenger last month.“We want to make up for what happened,” he added. Pasig is set to face Belgium’s Antwerp at 11:00 p.m. (Manila time) before taking a familiar foe in Latvia’s Riga Ghetto, the World’s No. 3 squad, at 12:25 a.m. in Pool B play. Balanga, meanwhile, faces Ukraine’s Odessa Basket in the 7:40 p.m. contest before taking on Moscow Inanomo at 8:20.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. MANILA, Philippines—The game of basketball has been inexplicably sweet for Joshua Munzon. It has taken him around the world, It has become his source of livelihood, and it has given him the opportunity wear the country’s name across his chest.ADVERTISEMENT Federer, Nadal resume rivalry, Djokovic faces Thiem Ethel Booba twits Mocha over 2 toilets in one cubicle at SEA Games venue Cayetano: Senate, Drilon to be blamed for SEA Games messcenter_img Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting Two-day strike in Bicol fails to cripple transport ‘Rebel attack’ no cause for concern-PNP, AFP “I think that it’s a team award. If you have some guys that’s up there like that, I think it’s a testament to what other guys are doing to sacrifice and help other guys be successful,” he said.“Scoring the ball isn’t everything. It’s a team game. Everybody has to contribute one way or the other—in defense, rebounding or simply playing hard. Just because I score the ball, doesn’t mean I’m the best player in the squad or anything like that,” he added.Munzon, who traces his Filipino heritage through his father, said that being in the elite crop is emblematic of his team’s growth.“I think collectively as a group, we’re becoming a team that can compete with the other better teams in the world,” he said.Munzon will spearhead Pasig Chooks-to-Go, ranked 24th in the world, in the 2019 Fiba 3×3 Moscow Tinkoff Challenger which unfolds Friday night in Russia. He will be backed by former pro Dylan Ababou, World No. 91 Taylor Statham, and old reliable Nikola Pavlovic as import.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ View comments LATEST STORIES Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles01:55Cops raid Manila office of Bayan, nab 3 activists for guns, explosive00:50Trending Articles02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krausslast_img read more

Dutch Grand Prix returns to F1 calendar after 35 years

first_imgThe Dutch Grand Prix will return to the Zandvoort seaside circuit for at least three seasons from 2020 and after a 35-year absence from the calendar, Formula One announced on Tuesday.The race is sure to be well attended with Red Bull’s Max Verstappen, 21, boasting a huge following as his country’s most successful driver and Formula One’s youngest ever race winner.Dutch beer giant Heineken will be the title sponsors and the hosting agreement is with a partnership of SportVibes, TIG Sports and Circuit Zandvoort.”From the beginning of our tenure in Formula One, we said we wanted to race in new venues, while also respecting the sport’s historic roots in Europe,” said Formula One chairman Chase Carey in a statement.”Next season therefore, we will have a brand new street race that will be held in the Vietnamese capital of Hanoi, as well as the return to Zandvoort, after an absence of 35 years.”We’ve seen a resurgence of interest in Formula One in Holland, mainly due to the enthusiastic support for the talented Max Verstappen, as seen from the sea of orange at so many races,” he added.SandSurfSpeed>> https://t.co/qH39l71v6a#DutchGP #F1 pic.twitter.com/43oEzhNevgFormula 1 (@F1) May 14, 2019Verstappen is third overall in the championship after finishing third in Sunday’s Spanish Grand Prix, with plenty of supporters in attendance.”It’s just an iconic, historic track,” he said.”I have raced there before with F3 and it was a lot of fun. I compare the track a little bit with Suzuka… It’s a pretty quick track and it’s always good and exciting to have new ones on the calendar.”advertisement”It’s very cool, and with no run off, it’s quite hard to find the limit. On some other tracks it’s a bit easier but that also makes it more exciting.”Next year’s race will be the 31st time the Dutch Grand Prix has been part of the Formula One World Championship, with Zandvoort making its first appearance on the calendar in a 1952 race won by Ferrari’s Alberto Ascari.The late British world champion Jim Clark won there a record four times.The last Dutch Grand Prix was in 1985.”I think a Dutch Grand Prix, with the popularity of Verstappen, is going to be immense. I think that’s positive for Formula One,” Red Bull boss Christian Horner told reporters at the weekend.The race deal is the second, after Vietnam, negotiated by U.S.-based Liberty Media since taking over the sport in 2017 and ousting former commercial supremo Bernie Ecclestone.The French Grand Prix at the southern Le Castellet circuit returned in 2018 after a 10-year absence but that deal was done by Ecclestone.last_img read more

Ohio State mens soccer advances to NCAA Tournament 2nd round after PK

Members of the OSU and Akron men’s soccer teams face the flag during the national anthem before a Nov. 20 NCAA Tournament 1st round match at Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium. OSU advanced on penalty kicks, 1-1 (13-12). Credit: Emily Yarcusko / For The Lantern Five rounds of penalty kicks weren’t enough to decide a winner. Nor were six, or 10 or 14.It took a 15-round penalty kick shootout for the Ohio State men’s soccer team to advance past Akron, 1-1 (13-12), in the first round of the NCAA Tournament Thursday night.“I think this result is what being a Buckeye is all about,” redshirt-senior goalkeeper Alex Ivanov said. “We battled through the end, we believed we could do it, we persevered and we did it.”The teams went back-and-forth until Ivanov denied Akron redshirt-freshman midfielder/defender Robby Dambrot to open the 15th round. OSU junior midfielder Zach Mason then put it into the net for his second score of the shootout to put an end to the game.“It’s relieving, and it’s just euphoria after that,” Mason said about his game clincher. “I mean, I don’t even know, I couldn’t even think, it’s just so exciting.”OSU coach John Bluem said the team has been working on penalty kicks since the days leading up to the Big Ten Tournament in preparation for a shootout.“We practice on them every day since the week before postseason play started because any of the postseason games can go to penalty kicks,” Bluem said. “But I think the main thing is just to be confident, pick where you’re going to go, don’t watch the goalkeeper’s doing if he’s jumping back and forth, just pick where you’re going to go and put it right in there.”In all, 30 shots were taken in the shootout, with 25 finding the back of the net. Ivanov said, even of the three stops he made, there is no strategy other than simply guessing.Members of the OSU men’s soccer team celebrate a goal from junior defender Kyle Culbertson (3) during a match against Akron on Nov. 20 at Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium. OSU advanced on penalty kicks, 1-1 (13-12).Credit: Emily Yarcusko / For The Lantern“At that point, you’ve just gotta pick a way and just dive, just get your hands there and make the save as best you can,” Ivanov said.Those 30 penalty kicks were not the only ones taken on the night, either.In the 30th minute, a collision off an Akron corner kick awarded the Zips a penalty shot, served by Akron sophomore midfielder Adam Najem. Najem sent it to the right post, where Ivanov dove, but not in time to stop the shot.“We thought in the first half that we played pretty well, and that it was – I haven’t seen video of it yet – but it was a pretty tough penalty kick call early on there,” Bluem said.The goal was Najem’s 14th of the year, moving him into a tie for third in the nation.OSU had trouble generating much offense in the first half, as it had to play against the strong, cold winds after Akron elected to play with the wind first. The Buckeyes only managed one first-half shot, compared to four for Akron, two of which were on target.However, the teams switched sides in the second half, and the Buckeyes were able to play the final 45 minutes with the wind at their backs.Despite five corner kicks and the majority of the possession in the first 20 minutes of the second half, OSU started slow, not registering a shot until 63rd minute.That first shot might have been all the Buckeyes needed to loosen up.About three minutes later, junior defender Kyle Culbertson received a pass in front of the box off a free kick from junior defender Liam Doyle, and put it into the back of the net for his fourth goal of the season to tie the game.“It was just a set piece,” Culbertson said. “Liam Doyle had a great ball in, and it just fell through the back side. I just wanted to make sure I got solid contact and put it on frame.”The Zips had a chance to regain the lead with just over four minutes left in regulation, when a give-and-go freed up freshman forward Adi Dakwar with a shot at the net, but his shot banged high off the goalpost.OSU freshman forward Marcus McCrary then suffered a similar fate about 90 seconds later, when his shot careened off the Akron goalpost, causing the game to head to overtime.In the first overtime, OSU outshot Akron, 3-1, but none represented any real scoring chance, and the game went to double overtime.Despite a trio of good looks for the Buckeyes in the second overtime, no one could find the back of the net there either. OSU outshot Akron, 3-0, in the period, but the game advanced to penalty kicks.Culbertson originally signed with Akron out of high school before transferring to Columbia, and finally transferring a second time to OSU before the 2013 season. He had to sit out that season because of NCAA double-transfer rules. Despite never playing a game for the Zips, he said he had some extra motivation against his former school.“It’s not a team we like to lose to, an instate rival, especially me, I’m not a big fan having been in an Akron shirt before, I definitely don’t like losing to them,” Culbertson said.The overtime session was the third of the season for Akron, and sixth for OSU.OSU, appearing in the NCAA Tournament for the first time since 2010 when it advanced to the regional semifinals, now earns the right to face the No. 1 seed in the tournament and defending champion, Notre Dame.However, Bluem said his team’s difficult regular season schedule has adequately prepared it for a game like that.“I think it’s great that we’re going to go play the number-one seed in the country in the tournament,” Bluem said. “We have played one of the most difficult schedules of any team in the country all year long, and we’ve responded pretty well.”Bluem said that missing out on winning the Big Ten championship has motivated his team further.“We kinda feel like there’s still work left to be done, because we missed out on some things that we almost had,” Bluem said. “So now here’s another opportunity, and it’s a great challenge, but it’s a great opportunity, and our guys have been seizing those moments all year long, hopefully we can rise to the occasion and do it one more time.”OSU’s second-round matchup with Notre Dame is scheduled to kick off at 7 p.m. Sunday in South Bend, Ind. read more

James Rodriguez may return to Real Madrid

first_imgReal Madrid are understood to be reconsidering whether to allow James Rodriguez to leave on a permanent deal to Bayern Munich this summer after he suggested that he may be returningThe Colombia international left the Santiago Bernabeu last summer for the Bundesliga after failing to break into the team at Real.Under former coach Zinedine Zidane, the playmaker found his opportunities restricted due to the fact that he just did not fit into the Frenchman’s tactics.In light of that, Rodriguez moved to Bayern in a two-year loan deal and thrived under Jupp Heynckes after the firing of former Real boss Carlo Ancelotti in September last year.Sergio Ramos, Real MadridZidane reveals Sergio Ramos injury concern for Real Madrid Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Zinedine Zidane has put Sergio Ramos’ availability for Real Madrid’s trip to Sevilla next weekend in doubt after withdrawing him against Levante.And now the Colombian has been rumoured to be on the verge of making his stay at Munich a permanent one.But now, due to the departure of Cristiano Ronaldo and the appointment of Julen Lopetegui as their new manager, Los Blancos are now considering taking back Rodriguez after his impressive season Allianz Arena as Bayern secured a sixth successive league crown.The Spanish news outlet Marca have since reported that both Real and Bayern are currently locked in negotiations on bringing the 27-year-old back to the Spanish capital.last_img read more